Imperial Wizard Frank Ancona, or president, of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan confirmed Tuesday that the fliers were from a local chapter of the national organization based in Potosi, Mo. Ancona said local chapters are supposed to work within their communities.
"It looks like they are trying to do their job out there," Ancona said.
But it was a job many residents here didn't want done. Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers said he began receiving complaints Sunday about recruitment packages — a Ziploc bag containing rocks and a flier — left in people's front yards.
Rodgers and his officers spent the majority of Monday scouring neighborhoods of this city of about 5,000 residents 30 miles northeast of Montgomery, Ala., and removing the packages from yards. About 150 were collected, he said.
Brenda Moore and her husband found a flier in their driveway after friends had told them about it on Facebook. She said everyone on her street received one.
"I told my husband to look at it and throw it in the trash because we don't approve of anything like that," she said. "I just see how it used to be years ago, what they would do and how they would discriminate against black people, and I don't believe in that."